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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Lunchline: The Civil War? There's an app for that.

In celebration of Bastille Day, I'd like to point out that the U.S. women's national soccer team put together a win against France yesterday. That means that Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Ali Krieger and the rest of the ladies play in the World Cup final at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. Clear. Your. Schedule.

The last time I checked, police officers were employed to deter criminals. And while I'm no Pollyanna about payday muggings, it strikes me as a bit odd that the city is employing firefighters to keep youths safe after they get paid by the city. Nonetheless, I will give the District credit for combating this problem at all. This year, a smart move was made in not forcing participants to wear those "Come Rob Me" "Mayor's Conservation Corps" T-shirts all over the city. The Post's June Q. Wu reports on the interdepartmental effort to keep kids safe and their cash in their pockets.


Field test of the Civil War Bull Run app. (Courtesy of Civilwar.org - COURTESY OF CIVILWAR.ORG)
When I think Civil War, I don't think about smartphones. But thanks to a new app, Bull Run Battlefield now has an interactive interface that makes the Manassas historical site a lot more fun. The Civil War Trust and the state of Virginia teamed up to create an application that "packs text, video, audio, old photos and animated maps into a GPS-enabled, state-of-the-art pocket guide" in one handy package, reports The Post's Michael E. Ruane. The best part? It's free.

When the petition effort against giving illegal immigrants the right to in-state school tuition in Maryland was recognized by elections officials, many were surprised. It had been 20-odd years since such a movement was successful, and next year, the issue could be put to a statewide vote. It turns out that the way conservatives kept the movement valid was with Internet software that kept things legit. The Post's Michael Laris explains how a simple widget kept the cause alive.


Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Murray Close) (Murray Close)
My friend Lexa absolutely hates all things Harry Potter. I'm not as adamant, but I am sort of bummed that the biggest cinematic cultural movement since Star Wars is a bit lost on me due to generational issues. I read the first four books some years back when I was a camp counselor and maybe saw the first two or three movies, but in no way does this franchise really affect me. That being said, I sort of want to see the last film. Here's Ann Hornaday's take on it and Slate sent two Potter-virgin muggles to the premiere, just to see what would happen.

Lindsay Czarniak's last day on local television was yesterday. The protégé of the late George Michael is officially moving on to ESPN after years of speculation about where her next career move would take her after NBC4. Her sendoff was not without emotion, as she spoke at length about her time in her hometown market. D.C. Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg has the video of the farewell, and I'll also highlight Paul Farhi's profile of the Centreville native who was homecoming queen and class president in high school.

Extra Bites

• The Emmys probably rank No. 3 behind the Oscars and the Grammys in terms of prestige, but they're still the most important TV awards out there. The nominations were announced this morning and, yes, "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" got their props.

• This story pretty much embodies the concept of red tape in D.C. A deer carcass is rotting on the side of the road in Southeast, but the Department of Public Works refuses to pick it up until it's moved to the sidewalk. Ugh.

• Foreign Policy's Sophia Jones wonders: If camels can't survive in East Africa, what can?

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